I’m sure you know how important exercising is as you continue to have birthdays, especially when you are over 50. Whether you are going to the gym or exercising at home, some things are a MUST!
Many personal trainers and fitness professionals preach cardio and strength training. They aren’t wrong, but are they telling you everything you need to know?
Cardio is vital. Strength training is especially important as we age. But there’s something missing that isn’t talked about often. Every time you perform activities if you focus properly you can develop muscle memory.
How you move matters. Muscle Memory is the difference between success and injury.
In the industry, your movement patterns are known as your mechanics.
What are mechanics and how does it relate to muscle memory?
Simply put, it’s how your body moves through the movements you perform in the gym.
Key point: No matter where you exercise, your movement matters!
Each movement creates a mind-muscle connection. A connection that occurs through the nervous system to teach your brain how you want movement patterns to occur. You’re building memories in your muscles.
Every movement in the gym or at home is building a mind to muscle memory, and establishing memory patterns.
It’s like going to school when you were young. You learn to do arithmetic at a basic level before progressing to harder functions and problems. You learn 2 + 2 + 4. Then you learn 5 – 3 +2. Next, you learn 4 x 2 = 8. And on and on.
If at any point in the learning process you build the wrong memories and connections, you won’t be able to do the next piece correctly. If we don’t establish early on that 2 + 2 = 4 and instead are taught that 2 + 2 = 6, then how will we be able to learn that 2 x 2 = 4?
The same is true with your movement. You can’t learn to read or do math unless you build the proper memories and have a solid foundation. The same is true for your movement patterns.
You can’t grow and succeed in your fitness goals if you don’t have a solid foundation and create the proper muscle memory from movement patterns. Build the mind-muscle connection.
Mechanics and movement become even more important as we age.
The more birthdays you have, the more movement memories that have been established. Some of those memories have been established from poor posture, injury, or lack of exercise.
No matter why they exist, however, they need to be fixed. After you establish your muscle patterns they last.
The best way to do this is to start at the beginning and learn how to move properly while building strength in the right areas.
It’s never too late to improve your movement and mechanics!
Don’t let anyone tell you it’s too late to do anything. This is especially true when it comes to your movement!
You can create new movement patterns and improve your movement foundation no matter your age or ability level!
The truth is, it takes time and effort. You must be intentional, but it’s worth it!
Improving your movement patterns will improve the way you live as you build muscle memory!
It sounds a bit crazy. It’s an audacious claim, right?
Improving your movement patterns, your mechanics, will improve the way you live!
You will experience:
– Fewer Injuries
When you build a strong foundation through better movement, you allow your joints to move through the range of motion they were meant to! This will reduce the number of injuries you experience when you exercise and participate in the activities you love!
– Less Pain
The proper movement will lead to less pain as you gain strength, flexibility, and improved mobility in your entire body! There won’t be any more pain after you squat or knee pain after lunges. You also won’t have to worry about shoulder pain after doing your push-ups or shoulder press. The pain will dissipate because you will be allowing our body to move correctly ensuring the right muscles are moving and stabilizing as you perform each movement.
– More Results
When your movement improves, you will see better results. You won’t have to miss workouts because you’re injured. Instead, you will find yourself feeling better than ever and reaching your goals in new and improved ways!
M3 is here to help guide you to better movement!
It can be overwhelming to consider all the different movement patterns there are. It’s even more difficult to assess your own movement through each of those movement patterns.
You don’t have to do it alone!
Mind Muscle Memory is here to help guide you to better movement and more success. We offer our clients assessment-based workouts that help them each work to improve their movement patterns.
There is no “Cookie Cutter” solution.
If you’re ready to learn more about how you can improve your movement with one of our M3 Coaches, CLICK HERE!